David Jay Wolf ’72

David Jay Wolf ’72


David graduated SPHS in 1972 and attended Drexel University. He graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. In 1978 he was hired as an Analytical Chemist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency doing trace metal analyses of environmental water samples. From 1979 to 1981 he was employed as an Analytical Chemist for the University of Pennsylvania doing drug screening for the Methadone Program. From 1982 to 2014 David worked for the City of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Police Forensic Crime Laboratory. Starting as an Analytical Chemist I which included forensic chemistry work at the entry level, performing analysis of controlled and non-controlled substances. David worked himself up to a Forensic Scientist II at the Philadelphia Police Forensic Crime Laboratory doing instrumental analyses, going out to, and securing Clandestine drug Labs and testifying in court as an expert witness in the field of drug analyses.

David continued his education in forensic science receiving training in drug identification, Ion Trap and Quadrapole Mass Spectronomy, High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Capillary Gas Chromatography, maintaining and repairing GC/MS systems and laboratory automation. He attended certification training seminars in Law enforcement Forum on Designer Drugs and Clandestine Drug Laboratories.

Dave has testified as a Qualified Expert Witness in the field of drug analyses for many types of drug cases for the Pennsylvania Courts of Municipal and Common Pleas, United States District Court, and Mt. Holly New Jersey Court.

David also enjoys playing piano, working on automobiles, and riding in vintage WW2 Aircraft at Air Shows. He is a member of American Chemical Society, Police Department Advisory Committee and Drexel University Alumni Association.
David lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Grace.